Microsoft’s Cortana will be ‘deeply integrated’ into Cyanogen OS


Cyanogen Inc. does seem to want to take Android away from Google. After announcing a tie-up with Truecaller, Cyanogen Inc. has now made a pact with Microsoft for a new integration.

This means that Microsoft’s Cortana voice-based virtual assistant will now be found in the core of future versions of Cyanogen OS. It’s been a few weeks since Cortana was made available for Android phones, but this is the first time news of it being integrated into a retail OS has come up.

“Natural language coupled with intelligence is very important but as an application it doesn’t rally work because you need to be embedded into the framework of the OS because that is where you get all the signal from the services that makes that intelligence smarter,” said Kirk McMaster, CEO, Cyanogen Inc.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has worked with Cyanogen Inc. The two firms got into a deal months earlier when McMaster said they want to take “Android’s future out of Google’s hands”.

Developments such as these only but make you wonder if the essence of a lightweight firmware that we’ve come to know as Cyanogen OS will be lost.

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4 Comments

  1. realjjj
    September 14, 2015

    Forcing Microsoft on users will ruin it. The entire point was not to do things like that. They sell out and lose one of their core assets. How is it a desirable product if it’s just another Android skin with bloatware.

  2. Bootli
    September 14, 2015

    Will Cortana talk dirty to me?

  3. E8hffff
    September 14, 2015

    Bad move.

  4. MaxPower
    September 14, 2015

    i said it already after the story of CM,OnePlus and Micromax.
    they are all free open source hippies until they smell money.

    soon CM will drop Google services, wait and see.